When? Wednesday 7 June (a day before ECI day at the Economic and Social Committee)
Where? Brussels, at the Maison des associations internationales (Rue Washington 40, 1050 Ixelles) & online
About? A multiplier event for European citizens to take action and promote a European participatory democracy
With? 50 participants – Partners of EUDR, European civil society activists, young people and EU experts
PROGRAMME OF THE DAY
Welcoming and presentation of the day
Welcoming of the participants; brief round of presentations of the activities and of the European Democracy Rally, its events and resources.
SESSION 1 – BRAINSTORMING
Shaping tomorrow’s participatory democracy at the EU level
The first part of the session will be devoted to speakers’ presentations on the promotion of European and local participatory democracy. The aim is to brainstorm on ideas to put forward in the campaign for the 2024 European elections. The current tools available, such as citizens' assemblies, will be explained, but also the possibility of expanding these tools and proposing new ideas such as the creation of an incubator for transnational citizen movements raised in the EUDR that could be transformed into practical proposals. A question and answer brainstorming will help frame questions and proposals to be discussed in small groups in the next session
SESSION 2 – RECOMMENDATIONS
Round table discussions
There will be 3 round tables with one of the speakers at each to frame recommendations. Every half hour, participants will be encouraged to change tables and engage with a different speaker. Questions should include:
Lunch (provided by EUDR)
SESSION 3 – PUTTING IDEAS INTO PRACTICE
How to build a movement
When speaking about participatory democracy tools, for instance ECIs, petitions but also campaigning for European elections, a crucial aspect for their success is the building of a strong, organised and stable network that not only supports one's proposal but is also able to disseminate it to the general public. The session will therefore be dedicated to the Social Media Campaigning strategy and how to build a strong, united and organised movement to support one's proposals. Is an incubator for European citizen action part of the answer?
SESSION 4 – Make the ECI instrument more effective
After an introduction from the speakers, the participants will divide in three round tables:
SESSION 5 – Presentations
Presentations from the Round Tables in the morning and afternoon.
CLOSING SESSION – Wrapping up and closure of the event
Feedback from participants about the day and suggestions for improvement and follow-up.
7 Jun 2023 @ 09:30 am
7 Jun 2023 @ 06:00 pm
Duration: 8 hours, 30 minutes
Maison des Associations Internationales
40 Rue Washington